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Sep 24, 2012 12:00am PDT
from the iraq war and three from the battle of whether barack obama is a legitimate president. plus "scoops and predictions" right from the notebooks of these top reporters. be right back. >> "the chris matthews show" is brought to you by hotels.com, chris: welcome back. it's our 10th anniversary and we're celebrating with reminders of iconic moments of these past 10 years. we started this show in the fall of 2002, the invasion of iraq was getting close and two iconic scenes from iraq make our top 10 list of in your face moments during the last 10 years. first, president george w bush confronted by an iraqi journalist. he threw two of the shoes and bush missed both. good for him. the defense secretary in a much more serious moment, donald rumsfeld on a 2004 christmas visit over there to iraq. in just the previous four weeks from then, 26 american troops had been killed by roadside bombs destroying their vehicles and one soldier stood up and faced off against defense secretary rumsfeld. >> why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap medal and compromise
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Sep 30, 2012 3:30pm PDT
in iraq, where 76 people were killed and almost 100 injured in a series of attacks. it was the latest effort attacks. the deadliest was just north of baghdad where three car bombs exploded within minutes of each other. eight people died there, and 28 were injured. >>> and there were more protests today about the anti-muslim film made in america. while in indonesia, thousands more protested in front of the u.s. embassy in jakarta. back in the u.s. just three days now until the first presidential debate with the candidate spending the next few days intensely preparing for wednesday's showdown. kristen welker is traveling with the president in las vegas. >> reporter: with four mock debates under his belt, the president will rally in nevada before jumping into the ring with his sparg partner mitt romney. president obama got another boost, leading governor romney by four points, 49% to 45%. >> i want to see us export more jobs, export more products -- excuse me. i was -- i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: last week romney hinting at his debate approach. >> he's t
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Sep 17, 2012 12:00am PDT
to make clear that even though he was elected as an opponent of the iraq war, he does not shrink from using power in the muslim world. >> religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of islam. and who attacked my country. i face the world as it is. and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the american people. chris: but governor romney was suggesting weakness and now the tarke on our consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond t
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Aug 31, 2012 5:00pm PDT
members have fought in iraq and afghanistan. those numbers according to the white house. >>> today president obama signs an executive order to improve access to mental health services for veterans. service members and their families. the president also met with troops in texas. that comes on the second anniversary of the end of the war in iraq. more than 4,000 american troops died in that war. >>> decision 2012. his meeting in texas comes as the campaign now shifts to charlotte with republicans still trying to spin clint eastwood's performance at the rnc, the democrats are now gearing up for their own show. steve handelsman moved from tampa to charlotte and has a preview of the preps. >> reporter: before splitting up to campaign, mitt romney and paul ryan put a positive spin. >> coming out of tampa, we have given our fellow countrymen a very clear choice. >> you listened to the last guy running for president. he laid out what he was going to do. he's unable to do it. it's time to give someone new a chance. >> reporter: in his speech last night, romney did not lay out specifics. >>
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Sep 16, 2012 8:00am PDT
have decimated al qaeda. osama bin laden is dead. he said we would end the war responsibly in iraq. we've done that. he has restored relationships around the world. i spend every day up at the united nations where i have to interact with 192 other countries. i know how well the united states is viewed. i know that our standing is much improved. and it's translated into important support for strong american positions, for example -- >> is it inappropriate for governor romney to level the criticism he leveled? >> i'm not going to get into politics, david. that's not my role in this job. but i think the american people welcome and appreciate strong, steady, unified leadership, bipartisan, in times of challenge. and for those men and women in our diplomatic service, including those we tragically lost, they look to our leadership to be unified and strong. >> let's talk about leadership in the world, and as the nuclear threat from iran. another area of tension between the united states and israel. in just a couple of minutes, we will show our interview with the prime minister of israel, benj
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Sep 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up in pakistan and that crosses free
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Sep 30, 2012 8:00am PDT
entered the iraq war. one of the reasons that al qaeda strengthened during the last decade was our focus in iraq. so we are happy to have this debate and we'll have it obviously -- >> was this an intelligence failure? >> no. this was an event obviously, a complex event. we're only talking about a matter of weeks here. so as information was arrived at, as determinations were made, that was shared with the american people. and i think again the focus needs to be how do we make sure that our facilities and ambassadors and our personnel are secure going forward. and that's what the focus is on. >> as you know, the chairman of the homeland security committee has called for susan rice to resign. >> she's done an excellent job for this country and this administration. >> ben ghazi is so bad that the fbi can't even go in and investigate. what about the fact that there are military operations to find ambassador stephens' killers? what is america doing to change the trajectory in libya? >> well, i'm not going to speak for the fbi, but i think the key thing here, we live in a dangerous world obviou
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Sep 15, 2012 5:00pm PDT
back from two tours of duty in iraq, 26-year-old from oakland is homeless, jobless, and lacking direction. >> it's hard. i mean, it's hard coming back and being used to something for so long and then coming back to civilian life and trying to adjust and find work where being in the military, it's -- your days are planned. >> reporter: but thanks to operation standdown, menina is not without hope. an entire tent city has sprung up on the county fair grounds. vets from across the bay area are getting much needed help, from hair cuts to hot meals to legal services. it's all here. >> the services provided here are, in a sense, everything you might need. we have dentists, doctors, orthopedists, dermatologists. >> reporter: jack bartholomew knows what a difference operation standdown can make. he went from a homeless client to a tent leader who now has a job, a home, and a new outlook. >> i finally just had to straighten my life around once i found this program, to help me get my life on the right path. >> reporter: meanwhile, he is hoping to clean up his credit and take care of some
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Sep 18, 2012 5:30pm PDT
to romney today, "new york times" columnist david brooks wrote, who are these freeloaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the va? is it the student getting a loan to go to college? brooks concluded that the people who receive most of the government spending are not big government lovers, but republicans, senior citizens. mostly white men with high school degrees. in other words, they are romney supporters. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> and just tonight we got the first official reaction from the president to the words of mitt romney. here is a short bit of what president obama said in an appearance for tonight taped on david letterman. >> when i meet republicans, as i'm traveling around the country, they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country. and my expectation is, that if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some. >> the president unveiling an outreach to republicans tonight on david letterman. >>> and we are debuting new numbers this evening on this presidential race. our nbc news political director chuck
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Sep 20, 2012 5:30pm PDT
in iraq years ago, his wife urged him to go. >> she said you have to do it, somebody took care of your son, now you go take care of somebody else's >> reporter: his daughter, also a doctor, says she is concerned about her dad's decision to put himself in harm's way for three years, but she is not surprised. >> this is not so much a sacrifice, but a duty he is willing to do. >> i am 35 years into treating civilians, now i am very honored to be able to serve the military and our wounded warriors. >> reporter: one man, extending his commitment to healing, all the way to a war zone. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. great note to end on this thursday evening we hope to see you later tonight for rock center, 10 eastern, 9 central time. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good evening. >>> good evening. thank you for joining us. he was a friend to all. that how the parents of slain ambassador chris stevens is remembering their son. stevens' mother and stepfather just returned home from washington where their son was honored by president obama. today, they sat down with nbc bay
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Sep 25, 2012 5:30pm PDT
mindless violence. >> reporter: president obama also appeared to draw a real line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> let me be clear. america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at the record for the last four years s.iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind day of media appearances for both romney and the president. it was hard to miss them, either physically in new york or on tv. >> i'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys. >> and both trying to one-up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple of days for that bounce to happen. >>
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Sep 26, 2012 4:00am PDT
from mobile, alabama. the iraq war veteran peddled his way through four states in six days in honor of his mother's battle with breast cancer. his epic trek raised close to $2,000. he hopes it will inspire others to fight back against the disease. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >>> more than a million new zealanders came together, but not for fun and games. people in airports, schools and even zoos joined for the country's first national earthquake drill. the government hopes safety measures like taking cover under desks and benches will the take away. ironically, just minutes before the drill a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit new zealand's west coast. >>> one of australia's largest aquariums has reopened for business. sydney's sea life aquarium was closed for nine months during its $10 million refurbishment. it was worth the wait though with the main attraction being introduced called the shark walk. look how cool that is. it's a glass viewing area featuring over 50 of the ocean's largest predators. he's smilin
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Sep 27, 2012 4:00am PDT
been charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct. jeffrey sinclair, who served in iraq and afghanistan, is accused of what the army describes as forced sex with female subordinates. >>> fans are remembering legendary singer andy williams, who died tuesday at the age of 84 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. williams' hits included "moon river" and the holiday classic "the most wonderful time of the year." >>> the decades-long search for jimmy hoffa has now led to the driveway of a home near detroit. a tip from a dying man was credible enough for authorities to announce they're going to test soil samples from underneath the driveway, though they doubt any remains found would actually be from the former teamster's boss. >>> and if you thought google maps were a good way to get around town, well, check this out. users can now navigate their way under water. these pictures of coral reefs are displayed much like the street view feature. so it comes in handy when you want to go scuba diving. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street's going to kick off the
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Sep 9, 2012 3:30pm PDT
. >>> overseas today was one of the deadliest days in iraq since u.s. combat forces left the country. officials say at least 90 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in dozens of bombings and shootings. >>> in syria at least 17 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in aleppo. ann curry made her way into syria. look for her reporting this week. >>> some important health news about lung cancer. a large new study on the genetic makeup of one type of lung cancer is raising hopes that new treatments may soon be available for this killer. robert bezel is live with more. >> the study looked at one type of lung cancer that accounts for about one in four cases of the disease. as part of a giant government funded research project scientists sequenced all the jeangen genes in 178 patients. several of the drugs that may work are already on the market or in late testing phases. researchers say based on this new information clinical trials will begin soon to find out how many new treatments this treasure-trove of genetic information will bring. >>> still ahead as we continue here on "nbc nightly
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Sep 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
for the invasion in iraq. 18 a piece for the observer newspaper, he says the ex-leaders of britain and the u.s. should be made to, quote, answer for their actions. he says that the iraq war destabilized and polarized the world and that blair and bush fabricated reasons to behave like play ground bullies. blair says tutu is repeating criticisms of the war. >> the weekend death of a fresno state student. phillip dannon died and his mother says he suffered severe brain damage after a night of drinking at a fraternity party. the national chapter has suspended its fresno state chapter following news of the death. >> a plan to cut tuition for california college students is on hold. the bill would have funded scholarships for middle class students by raising taxes on out of state companies but perez was not able to get enough republicans on board and the deal fell through just hours before the legislative session ended. the bill would have raised $1 billion in taxes to be used for scholarships. >> 5:14. a little earlier meteorologist christina loren talking about barbecue and hot dogs. sounds like
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Sep 9, 2012 7:00am PDT
three people and injured more than two dozen others in a market in iraq. the explosion took place as people were gathering to look for part-time work. it was one in a searry of bombings across iraq today. >>> also new this morning, dramatic video out of southwestern china where relief efforts are under way after deadly earthquakes on friday. they killed at least 80 people and injured more than 800 others. rocks continue to fall from hillsides and block roadways. landslides are making rescue and relief efforts difficult as well. chinese central tv broadcast video of people trying to push a stranded ambulance out of a valley while rocks continued to fall. people are seen running to avoid being hit by the falling rocks. >> in the wake of a deadly hantavirus outbreak in yosemite, this time in texas. a woman cleaning a home that was featured on a show about hoarding. some books were donated to a local library warehouse so that was closed as a precaution. in yosemite officials are concern infected row dents may be in other parts of the park after the death of a third tourist. the west v
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Sep 14, 2012 5:00pm PDT
are americans. and we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and had hardens. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership. that is what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in a romney/ryan administration. >> reporter: team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong and poorly timed. now is a time when americans should be coming together. >> reporter: as many in the muslim world are coming together against americans. the white house insisted today there was no intelligence that could have prevented the death of the four americans in libya this week. live from washington, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. j
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Sep 22, 2012 7:00am PDT
vets from the afghanistan and iraq wars. much more ahead on today in the bay. coming up, the new alert about arsenic in rice. battling fall allergies. what you can do to ease the pain. >>> a consumer alert from cereal to crackers to baby food. new studies show rice contains arsenic, a chemical linked to cancer. here's jeff rosen. >> rice is a staple, but now consumer reports with a now alert. finding elevated levels of arsenic in rice testing 200 samples of the most popular brands. >> this is not a matter of trace amounts. these are moderately high levels. >> they announced similar results today while the health effects in food are still unknown, arsenic is say level one carcinogen that can cause lung, skin, and bladder cancer. still they say rice is safe. >> we have not seen established health concerns that can be pointed to as a result of people eating rice. >> arsenic has been linked to cancer and nothing said arsenic in food will link to the cancer, but is that something you want to wait for? >> they can only go with what they know and we know rice is a nutritious and healthy food.
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Sep 27, 2012 4:30am PDT
minister, benjamin netanyahu. speakers from libya, iraq, greece and china planning to deliver their comments later on today. when it's all over, some 120 speakers will have addressed the 67th session of the general assembly this year. >>> election day now just 40 days away. one big battleground state down, one to go. president obama and mitt romney campaigned in ohio yesterday. today they're both off to virginia, one of the largest states up for grabs. tracie potts has the latest this morning on the race to the white house. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today where median income is 23% higher than the national average and unemployment is way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president is expected to hammer romney for his comments on the 47% of voters who don't pay taxes. >> i don't know how many of you will be with me this time around. but, but it doesn't matter because i'm willing to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those that need our help. we're a compassionate people. >> reporter: romney is ten po
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Sep 6, 2012 6:00pm PDT
the abuse of power his whole career. he's the father of an iraq war veteran, who believes our one sacred obligation is to take care of those who have served this nation. >> i can say with absolute certitude, i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life. >> grit, determination, resilience, optimism. that's been the story of america. the story of ordinary people with extraordinary courage, overcoming extraordinary obstacles and always, always moving towards a better day. joe biden knows that story. he's lived it. our vice president, joe biden. >>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president of the united states, joe biden. [ cheers and applause ]3 c1 >> you might have seen there, by the way, the first lady and dr. biden have seats tonight on the floor. they were in the vip box, which is well up and away from the podium. but it gives tonight a different feel. she just exchanged a hearty thumbs up with the vice president. there you have it. >> hello my fellow democrats! and my favorite democrat. jill ie, i want you to know that bo and hunt an
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Sep 7, 2012 5:30pm PDT
dividend doesn't exist. the wars in iraq and afghanistan were paid by borrowing and increasing the national debt. stopping the war doesn't free up any new money. this claim about obama's jobs record raised questions. >> here is another job score. president obama, plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. >> reporter: it's true since january 2010 the economy has gained over 4.5 million private sector jobs. but mr. obama had already been president for a year by then when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs. if you begin counting when he took office, it's a net gain of about 415,000 jobs. vice president joe biden actually got that right last night by including the time span. >> we have since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> reporter: but biden went out on a limb with this charge. >> they're not prepared to do anything about the debt if it contained even $1, i'm not exaggerating, even $1 or one cent in new taxes for millionaires. >> reporter: in fact, several republican plans, from speaker john boehner to pennsylvania senator pat toomey included tax incre
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Sep 15, 2012 7:00am PDT
. we hold our head high. >> meanwhile the protest widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned in a kfc and a hardy's. many are furious about the anti-islam film made in the u.s. protests across the world in nearly 40 cities, republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady consistent american leadership. that is what keeps the peace. that is what we will have in a romney ryan administration. >> team obama called it it an attempt to score political points. >> factually wrong and poorly timed. now is the time when americans should be coming together. >> as many in the muslim world are coming together against america. >> that was janelle wang reporting. prot test will remain on you tube despite a request from the white house. the national security council asked you tube to take another look at the anti-islamic film at strt of the controversy and consider whether it violates their terms of use. yesterday afternoon the giant declined the request. you tube determined that the video does not violate policies. mount
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Sep 18, 2012 6:00pm PDT
bronze stars as well as the purple heart. in may of 2004 he was killed in iraq. palo alto representative anna introduced a bill yesterday to rename a mountain view post office after lieutenant ballard. >>> big changes ahead for the golden gate bridge as it says good-bye to toll collectors next year. on friday they will formal lies the transition to convert to an all electronics system next february. the art deco booths are in place, but no toll takers inside. it's intended to save money and speed up traffic. drivers can pay the toll with fast track or a camera will read the license plate and charge the toll to an account drivers set up in advance. >> the message is that all electronic tolling is coming and fast track is probably your best bet if you don't have it yet, because why not? it's a no-brainer. you can save a dollar, and we are going to go to cashless tolling, electronic tolling, so you might as well, you know, figure it out now. >> if you don't have fast track or a prepaid account, the bridge district will send you a bill for your tolls. no payment, though, within 21 days means
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Aug 31, 2012 6:00pm PDT
august 21st, 2010. >> that night i told american people that all of our troops would be out of iraq by the end of the following year. >> reporter: the time-warner arena in charlotte is almost ready. this state, north carolina and florida are battlegrounds in the race for the white house, in these two and all the other swing states. both campaigns will be carefully watching the polls, to try to see what kind of a convention bounce if any romney got from the rnc, at the site of the dnc in charlotte, i'm steve handelsman. >>> let's take you down to new orleans where the cleanup continues all across the gulf coast, in the wake of what was hurricane isaac. the storm is being blamed for at least two deaths, hundreds of thousands are without power after two straight days of driving rain. power crews still working feverishly to get the 1 million people who lost power back online. and despite all that work, residents say they are staying positive. >> it will be back to normal, we know, it may take a week or two, but it is what it is at this point. >> the dusk to dawn curfew that had been in
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Sep 9, 2012 11:00pm PDT
with. >> reporter: kimberly terry, nbc bay area news. >>> and in iraq, violence erupted today. bombings across 13 cities killed more than 90 and left hundred s injured. most of the explosionings are targeting iraqi forces. no organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but officials believe that insurgents linked to al qaeda's branch is responsible for the explosion. >>> and leaving the democratic revolutionary party on the best of terms. the reasons behind the decision are not clear. he lost office in 2006 by less than a percentage point. but this year, he finished seven points behind the winner. >>> and instead of books, 25,000 teachers in chicago are pecking up pi -- picking up picket signs, at issue, pay and negotiations. talks broke down tonight. the mayor is pushing hard for big changes in the city's schools. >> of course, teachers, we don't want to strike. that is not our premise. but right is right. you know, i mean as teachers we want to do what is right for our students. >> officials are vowing to keep schools open. most of the city's 400,000 students are eligible
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Sep 1, 2012 5:00am PDT
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
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Sep 10, 2012 3:00am PDT
it that way. i don't think we throw outed bush whole eight years. we won the war in iraq. bush did a lot of fine things. he can separate himself from bush policy particularly in the last couple of years. he's done so with having paul ryan there. he was a critic of bush spending. he's a critic of obama spending. there's a recent survey, ask people would you prefer a bigger government with more services or a bigger economy with more jobs. 75-15, bigger economy with more jobs. conservatives have families, they believe in families, they work, and by the way, this rack of lack compassion for people who are suffering. why in every survey or every study, self-identified conservatives give more of their time, their money, their blood and their treasures to helping people. >> i want to ask this point. do you believe governor romney is a practical enough politician to cut a deal with democrats to rely on paul ryan to essentially assuage conservatives -- that's important. you don't get that from the interview but spending time with him i get that impression. >> -- sure to fight -- >> that's the poi
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am PDT
. look, what this is all about is american weakness and the president's inability to lead. iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region and they are very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object -- abject proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo speaking to jose diaz balart. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim, as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning the loss of outstanding, outstanding folks who have served our country very well. >> senator mcca
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Sep 27, 2012 5:00am PDT
the general assembly. this time he did not mention iran's nuclear program. speakers from libya, iraq, greece and china will also be addressing the assembly today. >>> 5:40. president obama and mitt romney are nearly in sync as they campaign in key battleground states. today they're both in virginia after holding dueling rallies in ohio yesterday. tracie potts joins us live from washington, d.c., this morning. both candidates taking these swing states very seriously. >> reporter: right of the and today a little background in order. remember, the president won virginia four years ago after 44 years of that state voting for republicans. but then two years after he was in office, they elected a republican governor, so some back and forth. the president trying to win that back. he's at an outdoor rally in virginia beach today. mitt romney meantime is in the northern portion of virginia outside the district, outside of our area where he'll speak to the american legion in springfield in virginia. the president is expected to hammer romney yet again on the 47% of americans, the comments he made abou
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Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
not mention iranes nuclear program. speakers from libya, iraq, greece and china will also address the assembly today. >>> julian assange is accusing president obama of seeking to exploit the arabian uprising for personal political game a dressing a sideline meeting of the u.n. general assembly via a video link from his hideout in london. this happened yesterday. now, the australian activist has been living at that embassy beyond the reach of british police back since june to avoid extradition to sweden for questioning over sex-crime allegations. >>> let's check the forecast now with meteorologist christina loren. it's an interesting one, i think. >> almost as interesting as your dog getting sprayed by a skunk this morning. caught that on facebook. that >> that's how i started my day. >> our hearts go out because it takes a while to get rid of that scent. we'll take a little time to get rid of the fog but i want to start with a live picture because there's a lot of science happening here. this is a live picture from san bruno looking out toward mt. diablo. you can see the marine layer, yeah, it
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Sep 19, 2012 12:35am PDT
tours in iraq. and -- >> jimmy: we don't know why or what happened there, what went down? >> have no idea. >> jimmy: no. >> but that's her connection with reese, that's why she empathizes with him. because she knows he's a man of a uniform. so that's what they have in common. >> jimmy: but do they -- we don't know if they knew each other, don't know if there is any connection? no. yeah. how about one thing you said, they were videotaping your character in the car and they pulled the video camera out and a picture fell -- >> of a guy in a uniform. i don't know if it was my dad. i don't know if it's my baby's daddy. i don't know who this man is. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but is that fun to go to work like that 'cause you have no idea what is gonna happen? >> it's a little scary because i'm from feature films. i do a lot of features. so you know, with a feature script, you get it, and you know what your character is and the whole 100-some-odd pages. on this you just don't know. you have to trust the writers and i do, because they are incredible. the writers, the staff, they are amazing.
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Sep 8, 2012 12:35am PDT
it at that time. and then, i've been embedded in afghanistan and in iraq with military units. i've done a lot of stories about what happens when they come home, which is something that we all have to pay attention to. and then, after i did "the greatest generation" -- after "the greatest generation" grew out of us, i went to normandy for the 40th anniversary of d-day. and then again for the 50th anniversary of d-day. and it is one of the most emotional experiences you can have, whether you're an americans or anyone else -- realize what went on that day. >> jimmy: it's crazy. >> so, we're going to do a whole series, going to talk about what is it like to be in the cockpit making the decisions. i did documentary with president bush. when he launched the war, for example. ronald reagan who had his own war. it was the cold war. that he helped bring down, the soviet union, without a shot being fired. so, we'll have a series of these kinds of broadcasts that will remind us again, i think, about -- it is a dangerous world. and we all have a stake in protecting our own security and making sure that w
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Sep 15, 2012 5:00am PDT
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am PDT
of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in iraq and afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of arlington cemetery and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at walter reed. then last night we learned the news of this attack in benghazi. as americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because our people who are will iine willing to fight lay down their lives for it. our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe. no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. today we mourn for more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done. but we also know that the lives these americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. these four americans stood up for freedom and hum
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Sep 14, 2012 7:00am PDT
in iraq and afghanistan. 41 years old, he was father to two teenage boys. he was described as a man who loved life, loved adrenaline. all four remembered not just for their work in the line of duty. but as heroes to a nation and to their families. >> savannah, thank you. of course, the situation in the middle east has led to fresh jabs on the presidential campaign trail. peter alexander is here with that part of the story. this is for the first time a major flash point between the president and governor romney. >> a largely dormant iss until now. with the ongoing turmoil in the middle east and the political fallout at home, both president obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security. but less than eight weeks until election day, romney, who by the way, authored a book titled no apology, is making no apologies for sharp criticisms of the president's foreign policy. >> with supporters in virginia, mitt romney toned down his foreign policy attack on president obama thursday to project strength in subtle terms. arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometime
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Sep 17, 2012 7:00am PDT
crews in to help out. >>> in iraq this morning, a suicide car bomber killed at least seven iraqis and wounded more than ten others, including a member of parliament. that attack took place near the fortified green zone where the u.s. and other western embassies are located. >>> china pledged this morning to protect japanese citizens and property after china's worst outbreak of anti-japan violence in decades. a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands is behind the friction that involves asia's two largest economies. major japanese firms have temporarily closed their factories in china and urge japanese workers to stay indoors. >>> gasoline prices have jumped another five cents a gallon in the past week. aaa says the nationwide average now $3.87 a gallon for regular. reasons for this latest increase are tensions in the middle east and u.s. refinery shutdowns due to hurricane isaac. >>> wall street will try to build on last week's rally. more now from the new york stock exchange. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. that's right, occupy wall street protesters may try and blockade t
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Sep 20, 2012 7:00am PDT
are these free loaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the v.a.? a student getting a loan to go to colleges, the retiree on social security or medicare? here's mark mckinnon, it reveals a deeply cynical man who sees the country as completely divided, two completely different sets of people who would likely govern in a way that would only further divide us. these are republican voices. >> well, i don't know, david brooks is a columnist, i don't know if he would call himself a republican or not. but, matt, if you look at the full tape, the governor was asked about winning the election. and he said an election, the president starts with 47%, i start with 47%. i think most political analysts would agree that's pretty much the bottom line for most -- both parties' nominees. and you've got to fight for the 6% of undecided voters. that's political analysis. >> you're talking about numbers there and the comments were more disparaging -- it wasn't just being a numbers game. he made disparaging comments about their lack of responsibility. >> what he said was that -- he was talking about t
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Sep 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
,000 u.s. troops have returned from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the nfl. a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players. the league is now teaming up with the u.s. army and national institutes of health to research ways to limit these types of injuries. roger goodell is commissioner of nfl. dr. landes director of the nih's institute. general odierno is the chief of staff of the army. good morning to all of you. general, that's a huge number, 244,000 military personnel with those brain injuries. i know the seriousness of those injuries varies from person-to-person but it's a problem that has to be addressed. >> absolutely. one of the problems we have are soldiers coming forward first to say i have a problem. one of the things we're really focusing on is making sure the physical, mental, dedication to accomplishment does not impede people from saying i have a problem and i need help. that's why this initiative is important to us. we're now putting sensors in helmet
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